Last week we invited a few friends over the house for a Christmas cookie decorating party.  This is something I have been wanting to do for some time now, and the kids are finally old enough to get excited about all of the Christmas festivities.  This is also the first year they’re tall enough to reach the decorating table and not just throw everything on the floor… which makes for a fun party rather than a complete mess. We spent a few days preparing for the party, making frosting, and picking out the best Christmas sprinkles. It was so much fun building up the excitement and an getting the house ready for our little friends.

The kids picked out sugar cookies and snickerdoodle cookies and ate more frosting than I would like to admit, but they had such a great time!

Grace insisted she have pink frosting for her cookies.  Since there were a few other little girls who also love pink, we made an extra batch of pink frosting.  It was one of the best decisions ever.  #momwin for sure.

Also, that picture above… all the baby toes/ crunched up toes, baby bear slippers and footie pj’s!



See what I’m talking about… pink pj’s and pink frosting.



All the pj’s went straight to the wash right after this party.  Frosting ERRRRWHERE! I also found some in my hair… which is not really that surprising but I also found some on my dog.  That one I was a little surprised about but hey… none ended up on my couch and that was a win for me!




Eyes closed… two hands… true love friends.





This little boy and his precious smile and Grace with a mouth full of cookies.



Obviously, frosting is just glue for all the Christmas sprinkles!

So thankful for these dear friends and for all of the new memories!

Merry Christmas friends!


Here are some of our favorite Christmas posts:

Our first Christmas away from our family

Christmas tree and a video

12 Dates of Christmas 


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I couldn’t let this weekend pass by without capturing a few moments.  Alex was home with us for four days straight and we were all in a vacation state of mind.  Really… the laundry piled up, we all went to bed way passed our bedtime and we are all still on a sugar high.  Oh what a great weekend it was!



Like these two, learning to share headphones and picking out their music.  They love singing along and get so excited when their favorite song comes on.



These two on the keyboard.  Emory loves sitting with Alex and playing along to church music.  I am pretty sure we have some very musically inclined kids and can’t wait to see how those talents are used later on in life.



We watched the Thanksgiving day parade and face-timed with the grandparents.



Alex sat and read through 15 books with the kids.  Over and over until they all filled their love tank.  It is always so sweet watching them interact with each other.



We put up our yearly ornament this year.  It’s a fun one that commemorates all of the family travel we’ve done this year.  Of course, I bedazzled it a little.


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Winter is right around the corner and here in the midwest, the temperatures are dropping fast! We already had our first snowfall and are expecting a lot more in the weeks to come.  I never thought I would love snow so much, it’s magical.  It’s the silver lining that comes with the bone-chilling air and it ushers in a calm that is like no other.

We are so excited about playing in the snow, drinking all of the warm drinks and hosting our family for a few weeks.  Since we’re getting ready to hit those really cold days, I thought I would share a few tips on how to weather the cold weather.

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This past year we have gotten the chance to road trip as a family. We pack up our truck, get our snacks together, map out our trajectory and talk about all of the fun things we are excited to see. We love it and the kids do too! So much so, that the kids periodically pack their “travel” bags and place them by their bedroom door “just in case.” I love that they do that and that Alex and I have been able to instill in them a passion for exploring. My hope is that when they’re older, they too can find time to explore with their families.

Read below to see our go-to first road trip stop



One of the fun traditions we have been able to pass along is a quick first breakfast stop before we hit the highway. We pull up at our local McDonald’s, and everyone gets their breakfast treat. I always like to take the credit for being the “cool” mom, but the truth is that nothing comes before coffee and these days I am loving my McCafé!



This is a fun tradition for us that is just about to get better! McCafé has launched a new line of café-quality espresso drinks featuring the Caramel Macchiato and Vanilla Cappuccinos. Now, I can now try a small McCafe beverage for only $2* dollars! WHAT?! There’s also a way that we can keep track of our McCafé beverages on our phone and get our sixth McCafé beverage for free**

We are planning a short trip up north before the end of the year, and I am already planning on their Peppermint Mocha (Available through December 2017 at participating McDonald’s). One thing is for sure, road trips with the family are so much fun, but nothing beats having a McCafé before any driving takes place.

Here’s to road trips, and to the beverages that get us going!

**Buy 5, get 1 free: Valid 1/18/17 – 12/31/17. McD App download and registration required. Valid only at participating U.S. McDonald’s.


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